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Rocket League getting unlockable crates, à la Counter-Strike GO

Don’t panic just yet, though

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Soccer with rocket-powered cars smash hit Rocket League is getting a key-and-crate loot system, in the vein of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2, developer Psyonix recently confirmed on Reddit. But the creators of Rocket League say players shouldn’t panic; they’re not looking to bring item gambling — and all the problems that come with it — to the competitive game.

Rocket League’s new crates and keys were discovered by a user on Reddit who spotted images of the unannounced unlockable items in recent updates to the game. Players quickly speculated that Psyonix was introducing a new way for players to acquire collectible add-ons of varying rarity.

Psyonix vice president Jeremy Dunham later confirmed that unlockable loot crates are coming to Rocket League, but not in the way many players feared.

"Crates will contain cosmetic content only," Dunham said. "We have a strict ‘Don't Sell Advantage’ policy for Rocket League, and we're sticking with that."

Dunham also said that Psyonix won’t integrate Rocket League’s crates with Valve’s Steam Marketplace, where skins, weapons and other items can be bought, sold and traded. "We are definitely aware of the problems related to third-party gambling in other games and we are not interested in taking that approach," Dunham explained.

Finally, Dunham said that players who don’t have any interest in crates and keys in Rocket League can simply opt out of the item drop system.

"We also want to reassure you guys that we are sticking with our approach to keep introducing free new Arenas, Modes, and Items, along with the occasional paid DLC just like we always have," he said. "Hope this helps shed some light on what we have planned. It's actually a pretty cool system that we'll be happy to share detail about next month."

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